if you show fear, a monkey will bully you
Saturday, 17 February 2018

Airbnb and the Unintended Consequences of 'Disruption'

quote [ Airbnb expanded the availability of beds for visitors, gave young tourists a more authentic taste of their urban destination, and kept prices down for all travelers.

But Airbnb's success also encouraged dubious behavior on the part of ?commercial? power users?property owners who listed downtown units (especially second residences) all year long, as if they were hotel rooms. Why would would that be a problem? Open apartments occupied for much of the year by Airbnb-using travelers reduce the number of available homes to people who want to move into that building. ]

Another driver of housing shortage and higher rents.

[SFW] [business]
[by HoZay@6:26pmGMT] [6 comments]

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Sponsor An Immigrant Yourself

quote [ Here?s how the program would work: Imagine a woman named Mary Turner, who lives in Wheeling, West Virginia. She was recently laid off from a chicken-processing plant and makes ends meet by walking and taking care of her neighbors? pets. Mary could expand her little business by hiring some workers, but no one in the area would accept a wage she can afford. Mary goes online?to a new kind of international gig economy website, a Fiverr for immigrants?and applies to sponsor a migrant. She enters information about what she needs: someone with rudimentary English skills, no criminal record and an affection for animals. She offers a room in her basement, meals and $5 an hour. (Sponsors under this program would be exempt from paying minimum wage.) The website offers Mary some matches?people living in foreign countries who would like to spend some time in the United States and earn some money. After some back and forth, Mary interviews a woman named Sofia who lives in Paraguay. ]

Still on the fence for whether or not the gig economy is ushering in a resurgence of slavery? Politico has the article for you. Thumb was the original title. Didn't go over too well.
[SFW] [business] [+10 WTF]
[by raphael_the_turtle@5:59pmGMT] [10 comments]

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Accusing Facebook of 'Effectively Banning Professional Journalism,' Brazil's Largest Paper Ditches Platform

quote [ Accusing Facebook of discriminating against "quality" content and accelerating the spread of "fake news" with its newly-unveiled algorithm, Brazil's largest newspaper Folha de S. Paulo?which boasts a print and online subscriber base of 285,000 people?has announced that it will no longer publish its articles on the social media platform. ]

Let's hope this is part of a trend of decentralizing from the gatekeepers. I'm not as optimistic about the outcome as BenÝcio. The fake news cat is out of the bag.
[SFW] [business] [+6 Good]
[by raphael_the_turtle@5:53pmGMT] [4 comments]

Thursday, 8 February 2018

How a kid cartoonist avoided Scholastic's digital sharecropping trap

quote [ In other words, if a student who applied for an award tries to print or publish their own work without saying "Property of Scholastic Inc.," Scholastic can sue. In addition, Scholastic can publish the applicant's work and sell it without giving the applicant, the original creator, any of the profits. ]

Screwing over kids, one kid at a time.
[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by satanspenis666@11:37pmGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Walmart?s new robots are loved by staff?and ignored by customers

quote [ Bossa Nova?s robots are able to perform tasks such as identifying when items are out of stock, locating incorrect prices, and detecting wrong or missing labels. We spoke to Martin Hitch, chief business officer at Bossa Nova, about the technology behind the machines and how they are being received by shoppers and employees. ]

Anybody seen one of these in the wild yet?
[SFW] [business] [+3 Interesting]
[by raphael_the_turtle@10:18pmGMT] [23 comments]

Monday, 5 February 2018

'There's no place to hide': A Wall Street chief strategist breaks down the stock market's catastrophic plunge

quote [ A Wall Street strategist argues that a key market-support strategy failed to work on Monday amid a correlation breakdown between stocks and bonds.

US stocks were rocked on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 1,100 points, its biggest single-day decline of all time.

Bruce Bittles, the chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird & Co., attributes a big portion of the selling to a breakdown in the historical relationship between stocks and bonds. ]

I'm sure everything will be ok in a day or two.

[SFW] [business] [+2 Interesting]
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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Here?s how Google Chrome?s new ad blocker works

quote [ Google Chrome will soon begin to block ads on some websites by default. I dug up some more information about how it will work. ...Google have announced that their Google Chrome web browser will block every ad on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards by default. ]

This might shift web advertising and directed support into a new phase. While obnoxious advertising sucks, blocking them is a significant part of why I took up paying folks via Patreon. There's a nice breakdown of the initial set of standards in extended.

[SFW] [business] [+6 Interesting]
[by midden@3:29pmGMT] [57 comments]

A Kingdom from Dust

quote [ A story of power, drought, migrant labor, and an insatiable drive to expand. ]

Long read. Article in extended

[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by satanspenis666@5:35amGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Janet Yellen's Last Act at the Federal Reserve: Punishing Wells Fargo

quote [ The move will cost Wells Fargo up to $400 million from its bottom line. ]

While Mulvaney is ending consumer protection, Yellen steps in with the hammer.

[SFW] [business] [+5 Interesting]
[by satanspenis666@5:10pmGMT] [9 comments]

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Amazon fulfillment centers don't boost employment, analysis finds

quote [ After analyzing data for counties in 25 states containing the centers, analysis found no increase in overall employment in the counties ]

What? But the sacred texts!
[SFW] [business] [+3]
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